Foundry Networks has announced it will introduce software for running and managing its switch family, as well as a new gigabit module for tying switches to a corporate backbone.
Foundry's IronView II software is intended to let Foundry switch users more easily manage their switch configurations. The product is Foundry's first comprehensive management tool for its switches, which, one analyst says, has been a long time coming.
According to Dell'Oro Group, Foundry's switch sales were down 8 per cent in the third quarter of 2000, trailing far behind its enterprise competitors such as Nortel Networks, Extreme Networks and Cisco, whose sales increased 39 per cent, 21 per cent and 18 per cent respectively.
"The management application is a killer for Foundry," says Joel Conover of analyst Current Analysis. "In order for Foundry to make a new play in the enterprise market, this was something they needed to do."
IronView II should help Foundry play catch-up with competitors, such as Enterasys and Cisco, which have had their own network management software for some time, he says.